Hector Monsegur Interview: Operation Tunisia


“We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.”

Hector Monsegur “Sabu” talks about hacking Tunisia and how they shut down an entire country’s Internet.

As a hacktivist group, Anonymous went after Tunisia because they were doing suspicious things to track down journalists and bloggers who were inciting the revolution. They were compromising the Tunisian’s Internet security to identify who these bloggers and journalists were.

Sabu and the hacking group defaced the prime minister’s website letting them know they knew what was going on. Tunisia responded dramatically by setting up a firewall around the entire country.

With the help of a Tunisian activist and Team Viewer, they were able to get around the country’s firewall by using a computer from the inside of the firewall to connect to a computer on the outside. Then they were able to re-hack the prime minister’s website.

The government shut down the entire Internet after the second hack. The hackers responded by shutting down the entire Tunisian Government’s two DNS servers by hitting them with 50 GB/S DDoS attack. This resulted in the entire country’s government’s Internet failing. They had no way of communicating with each other.

He discusses the mistakes he made that led to his downfall and capture by the FBI.

Talks about: BitchX IRC Client, grease monkey script to redirect a redirect